Nature's Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention

August 31 - December 15, 2013
Polk/Wilson/Amsden Galleries

We are all increasingly aware of the impact of humans on the complex patterns of nature in the world around us. And while humans have aggressively studied and catalogued the tremendous diversity of life on Earth for decades, we also consume this planet in countless ways that severely threaten nature itself. Harnessing technology and inspired by nature’s amazing design concepts, this exhibition's innovative, eye-capturing art helps visitors understand and appreciate the life-or-death interdependence between Earth’s 10 to 20 million species--including humans--and the quality of the environment we share.

More than 40 artists will be represented with engaging works that demonstrate both the challenging issues facing us all, and our need to learn from nature as we tackle these challenges now and into the future. Organized by Art Works for Change, the exhibition premiered last year at the Field Museum. Be prepared to see Mother Nature in a whole new way!

View the online catalog from Art Works for Change.

This exhibition was organized by Art Works for Change, Inc., with generous support from The Nathan Cummings Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Adobe Foundation; and the Sprint Foundation. The Wichita presentation of this exhibition is generously supported by the S.M. and Laura H. Brown Trust; Spirit AeroSystems; Richard D. Smith and Sondra M. Langel; William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee; Commerce Bancshares Foundation; and Lee and Ron Starkel

Lori Nix, Aquarium from the series The City, 2007. Photograph, 32x42. Courtesy of ClampArt, New York

IsabellaKirklandNOVAUnderstory, 2011. Archival jet print, 61 3/4 x 50 3/4. Courtesy of Feature Inc., New York

Donna Keiko Ozawa, The Waribashi Project, 2012. Wooden Chopstick installantion, approx 90,000, 84x92x192.